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Coast Guard says nearly 100 people rescued from boat off Florida coast had no food or water

According to the US Coast Guard, about 100 people, most of them Haiti, who were rescued from an overcrowded boat off the Florida coast, had no food or water for two days.

A Coast Guard helicopter last week spotted 96 Haitians from Uganda and the Bahamas, as well as a passenger, about 20 miles east of Boca Raton, Florida. He was transferred to Bahamian authorities on Sunday.

The passengers told the Coast Guard members that they had been at sea for a week and were short of food and water during the last two days. The Coast Guard said in a statement that 53 men, 35 women and 10 children were on board the 40-foot cabin cruiser.

No one got injured.

“Smugglers don’t care whether you live or die,” said Captain Robert Kinsey of the Coast Guard’s District Seven. “These people are lucky to be alive.”

Coast Guard says nearly 100 people rescued from boat off Florida coast had no food or water
A photo shows the US Coast Guard rescuing 98 people from an overcrowded boat off the coast of Florida on October 12, 2022.

US Coast Guard


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